Loyola maintains magical run with late shot to beat Tennessee in second straight upset

Junior guard Clayton Custer connected on the game-winning shot with 3.6 seconds left as 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago pulled off its second straight upset, topping No. 3 Tennessee 63-62 on Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1985.

Custer's 12-foot shot bounced off the rim, touched off the backboard and dropped through the net as the Ramblers (30-5) won their 12th consecutive game. Senior forward Aundre Jackson scored 16 points and Custer scored 10 as Loyola-Chicago set a program record for victories.

"The ball hit the front of rim and popped up in the air," Custer said in a postgame television interview on TNT. "I think that is just all the years of hard work coming into one play. ... To get that bounce on that shot, it makes all those hours in the gym worth it. I cannot believe that just happened."

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DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: Loyola-Chicago players celebrate after winning the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: Clayton Custer (13) of the Loyola (Il) Ramblers gets a water bath in the locker room after the game in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the American Airlines Center on March 17, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Loyola-Chicago defeats Tennessee 63-62. (Photo by Andy Hancock/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: G Clayton Custer (13) of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers shoots the game winning shot during the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: Carson Shanks (32) of the Loyola (Il) Ramblers reacts to defeating Tennessee Volunteers during the game in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at the American Airlines Center on March 17, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Loyola-Chicago defeats Tennessee 63-62. (Photo by Andy Hancock/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: F Admiral Schofield (5) of the Tennessee Volunteers fights for position during the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: Head Coach Rick Barnes of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on during the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: C Cameron Krutwig (25) of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers fights for position during the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: F Aundre Jackson (24) of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers shoots a free throw during the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: Tip-off to start the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: G Clayton Custer (13) of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers goes to the basket during the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 17: G Clayton Custer (13) of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers brings the ball up the court during the NCAA Div I Men's Championship Second Round basketball game between Loyola-Chicago and Tennessee on March 17, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.(Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Tennessee sophomore guard Jordan Bone had a chance to give his team the win but his shot bounced off the back of the rim as time expired.

Junior forward Admiral Schofield scored 14 points and Bone had 13 for the Volunteers (26-9). Sophomore forward Grant Williams added 12 points and sophomore guard Lamonte Turner had 10.

Loyola-Chicago, which upset Miami (Fla.) in the first round of the South Regional, will face either Nevada or Texas in the Sweet 16.

Williams converted a go-ahead three-point play with 20.1 seconds remaining to give the Volunteers a 62-61 lead prior to Custer's memorable shot.

Loyola-Chicago shot 50 percent from the field. The Volunteers shot 45.5 percent.

The Ramblers led 38-29 with 17 minutes remaining after Custer and senior guard Donte Ingram knocked down 3-pointers.

Tennessee trimmed its deficit 40-39 on a 3-pointer by Turner with 12:55 to go but Loyola-Chicago whipped up a 10-2 surge. Freshman guard Lucas Williamson and sophomore guard Bruno Skokna hit 3-pointers during the run as the Ramblers made it 50-41 with 10:01 to play.

Volunteers senior guard James Daniel III knocked down a 3-pointer to halt the momentum and Bone's jumper moved Tennessee within 53-48 with 6:24 to play. But Loyola-Chicago answered with five straight points with Jackson's layup making it a 10-point margin with 4:04 to play.

Schofield drained a 3-pointer for his first points in 31:45 to get the Volunteers back within 58-51 with 3:53 remaining. His shot jump-started an 14-3 surge that saw Tennessee take its only lead of the second half.

Jackson scored 10 first-half points as Loyola-Chicago led 29-25 at the break.

--Field Level Media

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